When I was 14, I thought of high waisted underwear, knickers or briefs as Granny panties. At this age, I was enthralled by the idea of thongs - exciting and uncharted territory. They were scandalous and only older girls were allowed to wear them. At the time, my friends and I were still being accompanied to the mall by our parents. The embarrassment of asking our moms to buy a thong would have been soul crushing. A few months after turning 14, my best friend and I convinced our parents to let us troll the mall by ourselves, "We'll stick together and won't leave the mall... yadadadada...." After some begging a curfew was put in place and we were granted the ultimate freedom - La Senza here we come. But we didn't even have the guts to go into La Senza and decided it would be more unassuming to buy a thong from a clothing store we frequented. We headed to Stitches, knowing that they had a small underwear selection - starting in the clothing section and working our way over to the thongs. We quickly grabbed one each and headed over to the till as fast as we could. The worst part, cashier eye judgement. Fully aware of her annoyance we began to engage in nervous conversation, "Our sisters will love these! What great gift ideas!" We grabbed our bags and ran. When we returned home we immediately wanted to try on our new forbidden underwear. Not fully understanding the concept we put them on backwards, "I think this is right? They're not very comfortable." We were late bloomers. After figuring out the proper way to wear them we purchased a few more (less awkwardly), but still couldn't bare the idea of our parents finding out. That meant the washing machine was out of the question - my method: hand washing and hanging to dry in secret places. Then the unthinkable happened, my younger brothers found my secret hiding spot and renamed me thong-head.
With my underwear related mishaps behind me I have come to realize how great high waisted knickers can be. Every woman should own a pair, or at least a high waisted bikini bottom. The cut is flattering on most body types and can even look good under a sheer skirt (inspiration: Burberry SS14). Take away: don't be scare of unfamiliar underwear.